Directions

Driving:

From Boston (approx. 5–6 hours to COA)
Take Interstate 95 North to Interstate 395 in Bangor. From there take Route 1A from Bangor to Ellsworth.

Follow Route 3 East to Bar Harbor. Keep left after crossing the bridge onto Mount Desert Island.

College of the Atlantic is on the ocean side of Route 3, about 19 miles from the Ellsworth shopping district (eight miles from the head of Mount Desert Island.

Turn left at the COA main entrance and park in the provided areas. The admission office is located in Kaelber Hall, the building with the arch overlooking the water as you come onto campus.

From the Bar Harbor Airport (approx. 20 minutes to COA)
Follow Route 3 East toward Bar Harbor. Keep left after crossing the bridge onto Mount Desert Island. From there follow the directions under "From Boston."

From the Bangor International Airport (approx. 1 hour to COA)
Take Tower Road toward Griffin Road and turn left at Griffin Road. Take the 3rd right onto Union Street. Continue on Forrest Parkway to Interstate 95 South. Take Interstate 395 in Bangor. From there follow the directions under "From Boston."

Flying

Regularly scheduled flights are available to Bar Harbor Airport and to Bangor International Airport. Bus service is available to Bangor and Ellsworth.

Bar Harbor to Bangor Shuttle: http://www.barharborbangorshuttle.com/

Google Map of Bar Harbor

Mapquest Map of Bar Harbor

Things to do on Your Visit

  • See the sun rise from the top of Mount Cadillac
  • Walk across the sand bar to Bar Island
  • Visit the Bar Harbor Whale Museum
  • Explore the carriage trails in Acadia National Park
  • Visit Beech Hill Farm